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‘Rachel Maddow Show’ Producer: IRS Scandal ‘Imaginary…Meaningless…a Nothingburger’
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Posted on 06/27/2014 8:09:21 PM PDT by chessplayer

Benen claimed that throughout “the imaginary IRS ‘scandal,’ there’s [been] an interesting pattern of events that serves as a template for every development. It starts with an alarming report, which is followed by scrutiny, which leads to details that make the original report appear meaningless.”

Benen didn't have the same view of scandals during the Bush years. From Benen’s post (emphasis added):

The [IRS] “controversy” began with reports that the [agency] targeted conservative groups, there was a natural reaction: that’s unacceptable. But then the relevant details came out and in reality the tax agency scrutinized liberal, conservative, and non-ideological groups, effectively ending the story. Every allegation, including conspiracy theories about White House involvement, evaporated into nothing.

More recently the “scandal” produced headlines about the IRS destroying important email messages, which again led fair-minded people to a simple conclusion: that’s outrageous. But then the relevant details came out, the allegations fell apart, and it was again time to move on.


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1 posted on 06/27/2014 8:09:21 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

MSNBC....imaginary network. Rachel Madcow is still Keith Olbermann’s ugly nephew.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 8:11:06 PM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: chessplayer
That nothingburger would become a somethingburger if it was part of an impeachment happy meal.
3 posted on 06/27/2014 8:12:34 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: chessplayer

Liberal girlymen say that to all the boys when their boy gets caught in the act.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 8:13:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: chessplayer

Benen does not have a smidgeon of a clue.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 8:14:53 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: chessplayer

That boy lookalike’s two viewers nod their head in agreement


6 posted on 06/27/2014 8:15:33 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: chessplayer
As I surf the vast wasteland of cable tv, spending fractions of a second on 95% of the programs, now and then I drop by the alphabet soup channels. In seconds, the propaganda is so overwhelming that I either change the channel or find a container to vomit in. Soetorah’s apologists are in full cover up and/or damage control mode. There isn't a pretense of fairness or balance.
7 posted on 06/27/2014 8:19:26 PM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: chessplayer
I'm trying to imagine the memos that the Osama Obama Dept of Disinformation sends out to various “sympathetic” news and opinion outlets.The Compost would surely get something like “the President is deeply disappointed by the Republicans’ failure to respect the clear will of the people”.Rachael Maddow,OTOH,would need to get nothing more than “David Koch is a stinky pants”.
8 posted on 06/27/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: chessplayer

I have often wondered why the addresses and home phone numbers of these nutjobs are not gathered and printed up somewhere.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 8:20:57 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: chessplayer

Who’s this person? And more importantly this guy needs to tell Lois Learner she doesn’t need to take the fifth & fire her lawyer since its all imaginary.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 8:22:43 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

This thing really does seem to be gaining traction, the lesbians and Queers are getting nervous.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 8:23:21 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: RginTN

Rachel Maddow and Justin Bieber are never seen in the same place at the same time. Just sayin’.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 8:25:01 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: chessplayer

Nothingburger

Another product of the public/government education system.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 8:25:57 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please Support Free Republic.)
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To: chessplayer

A flat out, deliberate lie.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 8:27:10 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: chessplayer

As long as the IRS is targeting conservative groups Benen couldn’t care less.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 8:29:18 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: chessplayer
She gets paid $7 million a year to entertain a few hardcore liberal viewers with a lot of liberal nonsense.

You can't say she's doing much damage (except to cable subscribers who are forced to pay for MSNBC!), because she has no viewership to speak of.

Nice work if you can get it.

16 posted on 06/27/2014 8:31:21 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: shankbear

“MSNBC....imaginary network. “
______________________________________
Don’t you mean Pmsnbc? Fortunately, I have never seen it.
It is not even on cable here.
Bill Gates should be ashamed of himself for letting them use Microsoft.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 8:31:45 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: chessplayer

“Someday I gotta have a long talk with that boy.” Jed Clampett


18 posted on 06/27/2014 8:32:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: chessplayer
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Don't worry, Miss Lois, MSNBC says this is all imaginary

19 posted on 06/27/2014 8:33:37 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: AlexW

I like Mark Levin’s description of them.

MSLSD.
fits.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 8:36:59 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: freepersup

The liberal “elite” would sooner die than admit what’s right in front of their faces. The “first black president” has delusions of godhood (that the liberal media keeps reinforcing), is terrible at the job, and is doing his best — on purpose or by accident — to make the greatest nation on earth into a combination welfare state and insane asylum.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 8:40:07 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: chessplayer
IMAGINARY,, MEANINGLESS,, a NOTHINGBURGER

If I didn't read the complete article I would have sworn on a bible that Benen was actually depicting Rachel "Tokyo Rose" Maddow.

22 posted on 06/27/2014 8:42:31 PM PDT by progunner (no compromise)
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To: chessplayer

My brother and his wife live and breathe their politics through what Rachel says. You would be amazed: we look alike (my brother and I), we walk alike, we talk alike (in accent, not by what we say), and we have the same parents. But after that, our commonality ends. It’s just amazing to me, but true!


23 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:54 PM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: chessplayer

If MSNBC says it enough, they might start to believe it.

No one else will be cause no one else is watching.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 8:46:36 PM PDT by boycott
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To: chessplayer

...which leads to details that make the original report appear meaningless followed by a key government witness taking the fifth.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:39 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: chessplayer

MSNBC is pure 0bama administration propaganda. The hosts are operatives paid to spew out statist talking points.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:45 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: chessplayer
Isn't it GREAT, turning into a lez..?


27 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: DAC21

All the people and organizations who have helped this criminal enterprise to do their evil deeds should be nervous.

This one should stick because a great number of people have been audited and know what it is like to have the IRS use both legal and illegal power to destroy people, businesses, and families.

The number of rules and regs on the books insure that thru ignorance all Americans are guilty of breaking some part of the code by accident. It is set up to where the average American is in the position of having to prove their innocence not the government having to prove their guilt. Often times bank accounts are seized up front before any real proof is offered by the IRS that any wrongdoing has even occurred. Seldom does any American get his day in an actual court and with his assets frozen can mount little defense.

The IRS has long been out of control and has run rough shod over all classes of Americans. It is something that once experienced is not forgotten or forgiven.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 8:52:36 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: chessplayer

War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Something is Nothing. And Something Very Big and Threatening that Needs to be Contained in a Bun is a Nothingburger.

The IRS scandal can’t be contained. We’ll never hear the end of it.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 9:18:44 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: chessplayer

If it were liberal Democrats targeted by the IRS during a Republican administration, madcow would be foaming at the mouth in apoplectic rage.


30 posted on 06/27/2014 9:33:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: gaijin

“Isn’t it GREAT, turning into a lez..?”

Most likely she was there now she just looks the part!


31 posted on 06/27/2014 10:05:29 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: chessplayer
Yep, those mean ole Republicans are just making all this stuff up.
The MSLSD said so. . . .
32 posted on 06/28/2014 3:09:54 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Why would ANYBODY want to be President after the mess ZERO is leaving?)
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To: chessplayer

And when was the last Time IRS paid a $50K fine for illegally leaking docs to a political opponent, as in NOM?


33 posted on 06/28/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

This doesn’t answer your specific question, but it does show that IRS criminals are nothing new.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/19/us/irs-defrauded-tax-court-a-judge-rules.html


34 posted on 06/28/2014 8:49:44 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

The only ones penalized were the pilots suborned into the plea deal, looks like.


35 posted on 06/28/2014 8:58:15 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

I wonder if the pilots lawyer followed up on this:

“Judge Michael Daly Hawkins criticized the I.R.S. for not taking serious action against its lawyers, Kenneth W. McWade, who tried the case, and his supervisor, William A. Sims. The court said the two lawyers ‘’defiled the sanctity of the court and the confidence of all future litigants.’’

The I.R.S. ‘’has done little to punish the misconduct and even less to dissuade future abuse,’’ Judge Hawkins wrote.

He noted that both lawyers received $1,000 bonuses from the I.R.S. for their work in the case. They also received two week suspensions, after which Mr. McWade retired. Mr. Sims continues as an I.R.S. lawyer.

Mr. McWade and Mr. Sims, in testimony, insisted that they had behaved properly at all times.

Mr. Minns says that he wants both men disbarred, but cannot find a record of their law licenses. He said he wrote to the I.R.S., which replied that it was unaware of where they are licensed either, but noting that it only looked in a public directory of lawyers and not in its own files.”


36 posted on 06/28/2014 10:46:46 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Yeah, I doubt that, too. So here’s my question. Shouldn’t Issa call the leaker in to question his motivation? What if it turns out that this case is the Rosetta stone of the IRS abuses, that homosexual activist IRS employees coordinated their efforts to knee cap conservative groups? They would feel empowered as the political culture values homosexual activism above virtually any other cultural value ( only Obama worship ig in higher esteem, as in , “what did you believe about same sex marriage in 2008, BO?”); they know they will be shielded , not only from the precedent you cite, but because the “nightingale has sung its song” throughout the administration and the media that homosexual activism will be protected and that heterosexual rights defenders will be “Exposed, frozen and neutralized.”


37 posted on 06/28/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT by gusopol3
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